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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Subhas Anandan is undoubtedly the best-known criminal lawyer in Singapore. From taking on the sensational cases of Took Leng How, Anthony Ler and Ah Long San to his views on mandatory death sentences and police entrapment , Subhas Anandan has become the face of criminal defence in Singapore. But why does he choose to represent clients who are to all intents and purposes gu Subhas Anandan is undoubtedly the best-known criminal lawyer in Singapore.
But why does he choose to represent clients who are to all intents and purposes guilty? And are the criminals who he represents really the monsters they are made out to be? Has he ever felt sorry for the clients he represents? What are his views on the death penalty, and which parts of the legal system does he think need reforming? Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Before reading this book, I am perplexed that why would he defend the 'criminals'and even question his moral values. But after reading, I begin to see his point of view every person should have access to legal help and that we are in no position to act as judge and deem the accused as criminals.
It is written in plain English - no lawyer jargon, pompous words, just simple and easy to underst This book offers good insight to the many prolific cases as well as Mr Subhas's personality off the court. It is written in plain English - no lawyer jargon, pompous words, just simple and easy to understand English. Also, he shared how he was rebellious in school many funny incidents written in the book.
Some of the cases include are Huang Na and tampanies Raja. From his writings, it is hard not to feel his sense of dedication to his craft. I have nothing but huge respect for him after reading. Overall, this is a very good read. I just couldn't put down this book once I started reading. May 24, W rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in Borrowed this since NLB had quite a lot of local books which you can borrow electronically now. Looking forward to the next book. Jun 03, Melissa rated it it was amazing.
When I first knew of Subhas Anandan, I never understood how he brought himself to defend certain criminals! I practically finished it in 3 days and loved every part of it.
A lot of times I had to stop reading for a few minutes to digest the information, especially the emotional parts. This book is like a roller coaster ride. Thank for writing such an amazing book. Rest In Peace. May 12, Aye rated it really liked it. Added new dimensions to my perspectives on criminals, second chances and humanity. Aug 24, George Lam rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I still remember the local papers was showing him crying at her funeral and pretending to be sad , only to be arrested the next day. He tried to cover his tracks by not using email or sms, and he thought that communicating to the boy by typing on a word document without saving is safe. But he did not know that word auto save and keep a record even if I delete it.
But he also shows that singapore is a place where most people have an equal chance to succeed. He being from a Poor neighborhood and hanging around gangsters , he still managed to finish law school in singapore - his story is amazing in that he was also remanded in prison while he was a lawyer for being linked to gangs. The investigate officers seems to be pretty powerful and is able to put him to jail - however , to say that he is not linked to gangs is naive.
There are a few parts in the book where he demonstrated he is not your average joe. He is treated with a lot of respect by the gangsters in prison and they offer him so much cigarettes that he has to reject. It is either he is really one of them or his close friend is the head hocho. He was even asked to be the peacemaker between gangs - then there is this part where he lost his sister salary during undergrad days and he went to the gang leader and borrow money.
The fact that he helped him , says a lot - there is another part where he helped a young boy to stop his father from going to the night club in sembawang He did it by making sure the father got beaten up every time he goes there. How can he do that if he is not linked to them - in uni he said he got his fren to gather at the hostel to fight the seniors who is tagging him.
He said the fren wanted to help because he is the pride of them and are loyal. Sound like triads to me. We need more people like him. Some of the tricks mentioned are quite smart ,for example , he bribed someone to get a fire inspector certificate and then using that , he went around shops and inform them that they need to upgrade their fire safety and buy fire extinguisher from a certain company. He owns that company. Another is pretending to be income tax man and go to shops that are doing well like bird nests shop and tell them they could be fined unless he pay him off.
One can only hope that those men with integrity are the majority in the system Sep 21, Celeste rated it liked it. I read the book voraciously with great interest over 3 days. Compared to working in the mo My interest in Subhas Anandan was piqued when my bf sent me the case judgment of Pram Nair v Public Prosecutor. Compared to working in the more lucrative but less taxing corporate law, criminal law seems like the pinnacle of public service.
My lawyer-friend said that she read the same book a few years ago when she was convincing herself to study law she now works in-house in a large bank. I enjoy the easy camaraderie between boys, their unfailing loyalty towards each other, and the arrogance and aggressiveness of adolescence which only men can seemingly get away with. I also enjoyed reading about the landscape of old Singapore: the Sembawang patio, the black-and-white houses near the law campus of University of Singapore, the old Raffles Place and sampans by the Singapore River.
What struck me upon reading the murders is how arbitrary death is. Are we truly safe amongst ourselves? Would one of my acquaintances eventually crack? Could it even be me?? I admit feeling a bit unsafe walking home near midnight last night. The insights into the legal system were also interesting.
The uncharacteristically harsh death penalty towards drug offenders. Like the Justice who was a Christian elder who had a particular dislike for cases concerning extra-marital affairs The politics of the Law Society, justice vs law, and the responsibility of a lawyer who has been assigned to a criminal he might not necessarily agree with. People bringing their bomohs to court and thanking them when the case has been won in their favour. Jan 07, Maureen Lo rated it really liked it.
A good insight and very simply written.
The Best I Could : Subhas Anandan [Paperback]
The Law Ministry has said that certain accounts given in a new book released posthumously by top criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan differ "quite substantially" from those of the legal and government officials he was writing about. Mr Anandan, who died in January aged 67, dictated the chapters of It's Easy To Cry while undergoing kidney dialysis treatment last year. Three in particular stand out for his opinions about Singapore's chief justices, attorneys-general and judges. Among other things, he questions the move to prosecute two high-profile civil servants for corruption and suggests they could have been dealt with by internal disciplinary process rather than "mud slinging in Court".
The Best I Could
Subhas Anandan  25 December — 7 January was a prominent criminal lawyer in Singapore. They lived in the staff quarters within the British naval base in Sembawang until his father retired in the early s. Anandan attended primary and secondary school in the naval base, first at Admiralty Asian School and then Naval Base School. In , after achieving a first grade in his Senior Cambridge now 'O' Level examinations, he left for India to study medicine in Madras now Chennai under the request of his mother. But after the first few lessons, he was convinced that he was not meant to be a doctor.